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Film, Meet the parent: De Niro hits a low in <i> Everybody's Fine</i>

Meet the parent: De Niro hits a low in Everybody's Fine

Don't be misled by the cheesy, generic poster for Kirk Jones' Everybody's Fine, in which a grinning Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, and Kate Beckinsale pose with Robert De Niro (airbrushed almost to the point of unrecognizable) for their characters' family…
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Calendar, Night&Day It's Darkest Just Before the Curtain

It's Darkest Just Before the Curtain

Michelangelo Antonioni's gift to the world: Jeanne Moreau, Marcello Mastroianni, and Monica Vitti in bad moods. In a classic of epically Italian proportions, these thespian geniuses are condemned to confusion, drunken wandering, and posession of just enough depth to wonder…
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Calendar, Night&Day They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore

They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore

Bellissima, a film made by Luchino Visconti in 1951, concerns the fate of a young girl who isn't pretty enough. The adults around her think it's perfectly OK to publicly judge children in this way -- maybe because it was…
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Calendar, Night&Day Take the Cannoli

Take the Cannoli

There are masterpieces, and there is Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2. The peripatetic, one-of-a-kind plot centers on a successful movie director (played by the incomparable Marcello Mastroianni) desperately searching for inspiration. Alas, he is perpetually distracted and bothered and interrogated about…
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Film, Reel World

Reel World

Another Day in ParadiseThe Pacific Film Archive can be a schlep for San Franciscans, to put it mildly. So one of the most heartening developments for S.F. residents in 1999 was the "importation" of the PFA's Max Ophuls series by…
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Zoom Lens

"Comedy, Monicelli Style" The Pacific Film Archive this week commences a two-week series of films by Mario Monicelli, an Italian director who has specialized in deceptively light comedies since 1949 and who is still active today at the age of…
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Zoom Lens

"The Madness of Marco Ferreri" Beginning this Friday Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive offers a two-weekend series of films by the Milanese-born satirist Marco Ferreri. Like many another Italian, Ferreri builds his films around strong graphic images -- in Don't Touch…
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